|Posted by Undead_terror on March 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM|
Guru Undead_terror here to talk about the ePSXe for android which is a port of the PC version, it plays Play Station 1 games, but does it do it well? let's find out!
Steps how to use the emulator:
1- Download a Play Station 1 Bio, you need it to use the emulator, a download link will be provided on the bottom in which you can download the bio, once you download the bio you must go to preferences in the emulator menu and select it in the "Bios file", after that go back and run the bio in the main menu (you will only have to do this once).
2- Download Roms, you can download any Play Station 1 games from sites like coolrom or emuparadise but beware that the roms take up a lot of memory depending on the game!
3- The roms are in compressed files so you must extract them, you can extract them by using the 7 zipper app in which there is a download link on the bottom, so you must extract each rom you download.
4- Once the roms are extracted you must go to "Run game" select "scan all" or where ever you have your roms placed (you can play from your device or your external SD card", once the games are found just select the game and select the ".cue" file and then you can play.
I know for fact that you don't have to do a lot of this using other emulators, usually it's just download the rom, scan for it and then play but for this you got to download bios, extract roms, select the .cue file, but let's see if it is worth it
Before you start playing you must make sure everything is to your liking, so get ready for a mess of options! you can select options for audio, the way the game looks, touch screen controls or you can use Bluetooth to use physical wireless controllers, but here is a list of recommended selected options for best gameplay experience/
Bios file-your bio file
CPU Frameskip -disabled
show FPS -enable if you want to see how fast the game is going, disable if you don't care how fast the game is going
MME Enable -auto detect
Adjust the way the want to see your game, but leave the screen color depth 16 so the game won't lag as much.
Video Renderer -Hardware
Video filtering -disabled
PSX Dithering -disabled
GPU Plugin - search for the emulator plugin and that should be good
everything else is just extras, but if you want to use a physical controller just go into "Player 1" (or any other player thats playing) and press map buttons that allows to you choose what buttons do what you want, but the digital buttons work fine.
Now that the settings are over you are now ready to play games! so I tested out the emulator on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7 inch and the experience was pretty sloppy, I don't know if it was my device or the roms but the games got lag and audio problem along with a small amount of graphical problems, some games suffer more problems then other and some games are actually ok but could do better, the settings I just recommended was just to make the games have less lag then it could of had, so you can have less lag or you can have a good looking game with lots of lag which is a sacrifice either way sadly. Don't turn back just yet, some games run at a decent rate which is enjoyable enough while some got lots of problems making the experience horrible, here is a list of games I tested on the emulator.
Games tested using this rom:
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (was alright when using the emulator, a little bit of lag with a small amount of audio problems)
Digimon Rumble Arena (only loaded for checking the memory card and then stopped)
Medievil (was alright when using the emulator, there was a little bit of lag with a small amount of audio problems)
Tail Concerto (a nice bit of lag with small amount of audio problems and some graphical problems but still enjoyable even a little bit)
Tekken 3 ( The menus were good but the main gameplay and audio was so laggy making the experience bad)
You can also play with other people, use cheat codes and use save states!
So at the end of the day, the ePSXe emulator has it's flaws and extra things needed to use it but is the best 3D game emulator I saw yet on the android but could of been fixed more, it's a small download, costs $3.70 and has future updates, I recommend it if you really want to play Play Station 1 games or want a bunch of free games to play (you can get roms free publicly online)
Bio download: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ga.emulator.bios
7 zipper: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.joa.zipperplus7
This emulator was purchased, not given for review.